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Marc Copland – Better By Far

Sometimes, a jazz artist just wants to play good music – feel-good music. No crossing over to attract a diverse, or younger, audience. No enhancements or gimmicks to pick up on contemporary trends. Just the musicians, their instruments, quality songwriting and an hour of your time. That’s what you get with Marc Copland’s Better By Far (Innervoice Jazz Records, 2017).

The players are Copland, piano; Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Drew Gress, double bass; and Joey Baron, drums.

“Day and Night” opens the set. It’s a bright, warm piece that features some crisp stick work by Baron. Bass and trumpet share the lead when the melody begins. Alessi takes the first solo, taking the trumpet on an easygoing jaunt, a stroll in the park that’s occasionally broken up by a few hops and skips. Copland takes it to another level. With Gress and Baron firmly engaged, the pianist takes the baton and turns the jaunt into a sprint. Gress downshifts a bit when it’s his turn, slowing down to enjoy the scenery.

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Marc Copland – Zenith

Launching a new label is at the very least a turning point in an artist’s career. For pianist Marc Copland, it’s also a high point, as in Zenith (2016), the first release from InnerVoice Jazz.

Performing with Copland are Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Drew Gress, double bass; Joey Baron, drums; and Bill Zavatsky, poem.

“Sunset at the Zenith” is a haunting, ethereal piece. A brooding, ominous bass line augments the opening melody, a duet by piano and trumpet. After an initial swell, the mood softens. Copland, Alessi and Gress, in turn, offer musical interpretations of monitoring the sun from different perspectives. It would be an ideal soundtrack to a space exploration film.

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